How to Get a Free 3D Upgrade from DirecTV

You'll pay up to $300 to access DirecTV's new 3D channels ... unless you know the secret handshake.

Julie Jacobson · June 9, 2010

If you want to view 3D channels through DirecTV, you’ll have to pay for it: $100 to lease a 21 Series (or higher) receiver and $200 for a new DVR.

Unless you know the magic word.

HD Guru Gary Merson reports that if you call DirecTV (800-513-5000) and ask for an upgrade to a 3D-compatible tuner, they will quote you the above prices. Just ask your friendly customer service rep if there are any special offers. If you’re a good customer, they’ll offer you a discount of up to 100%.

Won’t you look like a hero when you bring this offer to your customers?!

Check out DirecTV’s new 3D channels here.

Merson, by the way, is the same guy who told us how to get free replacement TVs from Sony.

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Julie Jacobson is founding editor of CE Pro, the leading media brand for the home-technology channel. She has covered the smart-home industry since 1994, long before there was much of an Internet, let alone an Internet of things. Currently she studies, speaks, writes and rabble-rouses in the areas of home automation, security, networked A/V, wellness-related technology, biophilic design, and the business of home technology. Julie majored in Economics at the University of Michigan, spent a year abroad at Cambridge University, and earned an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a recipient of the annual CTA TechHome Leadership Award, and a CEDIA Fellows honoree. A washed-up Ultimate Frisbee player, Julie currently resides in San Antonio, Texas and sometimes St. Paul, Minn. Follow on Twitter: @juliejacobson Email Julie at

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